How to cook Romanesco broccoli

Some people call it broccoli, others cauliflower Some people call it broccoli, others cauliflower. Discovered in Italy, it has a striking and almost alien like appearance. We tried it for the first time and loved it.

The best way to get the sweetness and wonderful flavour of this great vegetable is to keep the cooking simple.

Roasted romanesco recipe


  • 1 head of romanesco
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 200C or 400F
  2. Cut the florets and place into a large bowl
  3. Add the olive oil and a good pick of salt and pepper and mix well
  4. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the florets in a single layer onto the tray
  5. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes, turning them over halfway through the cooking time. When the edges start to colour and crisp ever so slightly, they are ready.
  6. The florets will still have a slight crunch, but be soft on the outside with nice crispy edges. Baking these little gems will enhance the sweet flavour and go down a treat with the kids.

Try one next time you're cooking a roast or a having a chicken casserole. They are a great accompaniment or just super tasty on their own as a healthy snack.

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